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On May 1, 2021, the parents of Thomas Aquinas College  — mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers of TAC students past and present — gave more than twice as much as in previous years, contributing more than $300,000 for student financial aid.

“It was a very generous and impressive effort,” says Paul J. O’Reilly, vice president for advancement. “Parents came together in generous support of the College and its students.”

For the first time in the four-year history of the annual event, held on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, TAC parents donated all of the day’s seed money. “We had two parents and one grandparent  make matching gifts worth more than $150,000,” says Dr. O’Reilly. “That was a powerful motivator for many — not only knowing that their gifts would be doubled, but that it was fellow parents who were taking the lead.”

Whereas parents gave $118,000 to last year’s Day of Giving, this year’s total so far stands at $307,926. Many parents began making their gifts in the weeks leading up to last Saturday’s event, with many more gifts arriving throughout the day and continuing Sunday and Monday.

“We needed a few extra hours to achieve our goal, but TAC parents rose to the occasion,” says Dr. O’Reilly. “We are heartened by their deep and loyal support, and we are humbled by their gratitude and love for Thomas Aquinas College.”